Driver trainers need to be trained on both the theory and the behind-the-wheel aspects of...

Driver trainers need to be trained on both the theory and the behind-the-wheel aspects of entry-level driver training.

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Despite some concerns that it might not be ready by the deadline, the Training Provider Registry for the new entry-level driver training standards is now active, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

This was the final step in implementing the new entry-level driver training rules for those looking to get a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or certain endorsements.

The Training Provider Registry is an online database that aims to improve highway safety by:

  • maintaining the list of registered training providers that have self-certified they meet Federal training requirements; and
  • retaining a record of all individuals who have completed the required entry-level driver training. 

As of Feb. 7, 2022, entry-level drivers subject to the entry-level driver training regulations must complete the required training from a registered training provider before obtaining a CDL or specified endorsement for the first time.

State driver licensing agencies will now use the information in the Training Provider Registry to verify that a CDL applicant has completed the required training before administering the applicable skills or knowledge test.

Individuals subject to the ELDT regulations include those applying to:

  • obtain a Class A or Class B CDL for the first time;
  • upgrade an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL; or
  • obtain a school bus (S), passenger (P), or hazardous materials (H) endorsement for the first time.

Individuals that hold a commercial learner’s permit issued before Feb. 7 are not subject to the ELDT requirements if they obtain a CDL before the learner’s permit expires. Individuals that previously held the types of licenses or endorsements listed above are not subject to EDLT regulations, even if the previously issued license or endorsement is no longer valid.

Individuals seeking to obtain entry-level driver training must search for a training provider on the Training Provider Registry.

All entities intending to provide entry level driver training, including companies, organizations, public agencies, and individuals, must visit the Training Provider Registry to register with FMCSA. Training providers can learn more about the requirements they must meet, including those related to instructor qualifications, training curricula, facilities, equipment, and state licensing, and begin registration at

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